2003 Hyundai Matrix Reviews - Page 3 of 4

2003 Hyundai Matrix 1.6 petrol from Malaysia

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired320 kilometres
Most recent distance16000 kilometres
Previous carProton Wira

Summary:

A good bargain for the price

Faults:

My tail pipe muffler corrode at 14500km. The dealer change it without any question.

Door side penal gives noisy plastic sound whenever you want to open the door. Dealer said this is a car model characteristic problem, no solution to it.

General Comments:

Generally, I feel the car perform up to the mark as a decent family MPV.

I don't deny my car's pick up not as good as others, but it is enough for a family outing. These car seat five adult without problem. Space is excelent. Fuel consumption is OK it has done 12km/liter combine city and highway drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th May, 2004

2003 Hyundai Matrix GLS 1.6 from Philippines

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance9000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Lancer

Summary:

An excellent family mini-van

Faults:

Nothing actually. I am satisfied with the car's performance.

General Comments:

The car's overall performance is very good.

I have fully utilized the car as it was designed to be.

An excellent mini-van with lots of space.

Excellent value for money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 1st May, 2004

26th May 2004, 15:53

I am now driving the Hyundai Matrix auto. I am very satisfied with the performance of the car. It is a good buy for anyone who is looking for a mini MPV and value-for-money. Lots of room in driver & passengers' seat. An ideal car for the family.

... Peter.

2003 Hyundai Matrix GLX 1.6 from Malaysia

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired200 kilometres
Most recent distance15000 kilometres
Previous carProton Proton

Summary:

Good Design bad Quality

Faults:

When I got the car the Auto Cruise system cannot function at all until now. I have unit it returned to the Agent responsible for installing after which they return it to me saying its not faulty and refer me back to Hyundai Service center. Then they said one pipe's missing and they have order.

Well, that's OK I guess cos its not a safety issue. Then another problem came my matrix engine rev up while stopping at a traffic light junction 2 weeks from the day I got the car. The car started to move on its own if I take my foot away from the brake pedal. I brought it back to the Service center then they found out that a rubber pipe was missing! Imagine that something controlling the engine could come off. I really got mad and they temporary substitute another saying they will order but until today not received yet.

Now almost 3 months problems above not solved yet and another problem came. There is a rattling noise coming from the front (don't know where) whenever I made a turn with uneven or bump corner. Sounds like some nuts loose inside the metal body. There is no noise when going through straight uneven surface.

That's terrible, I thought Hyundai is a good choice, but now I begin to suspect this Korean quality! Service is poor at the service center and technician cannot solve the problem.

General Comments:

Overall the design is good and its interior is spacious. The trunk is a bit too small for family luggage. Handling is good, but lack power. Tire is lousy and noisy,should have trade them in when I got the car.

I would not recommend this car to my friend.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th March, 2004

10th Feb 2005, 11:49

You must understand that in Malaysia, there are two kind of Matrixs available. One is assembled in Malaysia and the other is imported as a completely built up unit. I have heard that there are some quality problems with those that are locally assembled. I drive a Matrix too and up to this day (touch wood) nothing has gone wrong, especially when you consider the fact that I have driven about 45000kms in just one year.

10th Mar 2005, 08:00

All auto cars will move if you are in 'D' mode when you stopped. so that's not a problem at all. Well I pity you for the part about the lousy service agents in malaysia...

10th Nov 2005, 08:48

I have a Matrix 1.6A, locally assembled for more than 6 months. No regret of having one. It is surprisingly spacious, easy to handle, with lots of storage compartments. There are few areas that can be improved, eg the fuel consumption is on the high side for city driving, a little more power is appreciated, and bad radio reception with the stock head unit.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 17 reviews